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American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis)

 

 

Alligators are plentiful in Southeastern United States. So I start off showing some photos of the sluggish reptile. I also managed to see two American crocodiles near the boat ramp in Flamingo in the Everglades National Park. A new species for me. On this page I show images of some of the animals I encountered during the trip.

I did not see anything rare or spectacular, but observed some of the more abundant species in the region. For me, the highlights included swimming with the West Indian Manatee in Crystal River, and to finally see a wild American crocodile.

 

American Alligator

 

American Alligator

American Alligator

 

American Alligator

American Crocodile (Crocodylus acutus), Flamingo, Everglades National Park

 

American Crocodile, Flamingo, Everglades National Park

Brown Anole (Anolis sagrei)

 

Brown Anole is an introduced species to the region

Lizard, probably a Brown Anole

 

Anole lizard showing off its throat fan (gular pouch)

Green Anole (Anolis carolinensis)

 

Green Anole

Florida Softshell Turtle (Apalone ferox)

 

Florida Softshell Turtle

Florida Softshell Turtle

 

Florida Red-bellied Turtle (Pseudemys nelsoni)

 

Florida Red-bellied Turtle having a snack

 

Florida Red-bellied Turtle

Gopher Tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus), Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge

 

Gopher Tortoise

West Indian Manatee (Trichechus manatus), here from the Flamingo area in Everglades National Park

 

West Indian Manatee

West Indian Manatee, Crystal River

 

West Indian Manatee, Crystal River

Raccoon (Procyon lotor)

 

Raccoon

White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

 

White-tailed Deer

Eastern Cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus)

 

Marsh Rabbit (Sylvilagus palustris), notice the smaller ears

Fish in Everglades

 

Florida Gar (Lepisosteus platyrhincus), Everglades

Dead vegetation

 

Eastern Gray Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis), Kissimmee Prairie

Northern Curly Tail Lizard (Leiocephalus carinatus), Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge

 

Northern Curly Tail Lizard (Leiocephalus carinatus), Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge

Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus)

 

White Peacock (Anartia jatrophae)

Zebra Longwing Butterfly (Heliconius charitonius)

 

Eastern Black Swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes asterius)

Metricus Paper Wasp (Polistes metricus) on Spanish Moss

 

Grasshopper (?) in Okefenokee

Insect mating

 

Millipede

Walkingstick (?)

 

Walkingstick dead (?)

Juvenile Eastern Lubber Grasshopper (Romalea guttata), Everglades

 

Eastern Lubber Grasshopper (Romalea guttata), Everglades